2018 Play Writing Finalists

Website by Mark Phythian
mphythian12 @ optusnet com au

Prize Winning Plays have been chosen for performance
at Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers

The Toowoomba Region’s fifth annual Play writing competition
 is to have its exciting conclusion during the Carnival of Flowers

Playwrights from all over Australia have submitted unpublished play scripts for the competition – 27 entries were received. 

The submitted scripts have been read by a judging panel and a short list selected. 
The short listed scripts were then evaluated by three industry professionals and the best two chosen.
 All of the short listed authors have received written feedback from the professional judges.

The two winning plays will be the subject of a 6 month long professional dramaturgy process in order to develop and fully realise the potential of the scripts.  This process will be led by Ian Lawson, CEO and manager of Playlab Brisbane, and will have the involvement and commitment of the playwrights and the production team.

The prize winning plays are (in no particular order):

Inconceivable – a drama by Queensland playwright Hugh O’Brien


Investigative Journalist for the online newspaper QNEWS, Caitlin Cole, discovers that the birth rate in a low socio-economic community in south-east Queensland has mysteriously plummeted over the last three years. Teenage pregnancies at the local high school have gone from 14 to zero while there have been precious few planned pregnancies.  At first the cause is thought to be a fungicide used by nearby grape growers. But as Caitlin overcomes the scepticism of her editor and digs deeper, she uncovers a far more sinister reason for the low birth rate.

Fireflies – a drama/comedy by Queensland playwright Bruce Clark


John “Johnno” McCormick lives alone on his family property “Silver Springs” on the Darling Downs in Queensland.  He has been a career farmer, and while the farm is now in decline, he keeps making an effort for his own sake.  His wife has passed away some years previously.  He has had to shoot the last property dog.  His only child, a son, has been away studying at university since just before his mother’s death and keeps the place at arm’s length due to dealing with that tragedy.  The GasUp Power Company has been anxious to sign up locals for coal seam gas rights.  Johnno is philosophically opposed, but sees a possibility to keep his land, and has signed up.  When his son James, now a newly graduated lawyer, returns to visit with his girlfriend Ingrid, he is appalled that his father has done this, but can’t put up too much of a protest, as he has only returned to say goodbye, needing to announce plans for his and Ingrid’s future, plans that don’t include the farm

Prizes: The author of the best play will receive a cash prize of $4000,
and the second best play will receive $2000,
thanks to the sponsorship by Excavation Equipment Pty Ltd.

 The first and second positions will be announced on the final presentation night.

Performances will run from Thursday 27th to Saturday 29th September, with curtain up at 7.30pm.  Bookings are essential and can be made as follows:

On our website www.toowoombarep.com.au commencing 1st September, or
At the theatre at 94 Margaret Street (opposite Queens Park) on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays between 11.00am and 3.00pm, commencing 21st September.  Phone bookings can be made during those times at 07-4632 8058.
Ticket prices include a glass of wine or juice on arrival
and a light supper with tea and coffee:

Come and be part of this exciting event!

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